Monday, February 20, 2012
Announcement of the new Vanuatu Port Vila Mission
To: All Full-time Missionaries of the Fiji Suva Mission
From: President Kenneth D. Klingler
Date: February 11, 2012
Re: Changes in the Fiji Suva Mission
The First Presidency has approved and will be announcing in the Church News on the 18th of February that effective on or about July 1, 2012 a new mission will be created which will affect our mission. I have received permission to notify all missionaries on or after February 11th. Please do not notify anyone else about this until after February 18th. The name of the new mission is the Vanuatu Port Vila Mission. The following member districts will be a part of this new mission:
Port Vila Vanuatu District
Luganville Vanuatu District
Malekula Vanuatu District
Noumea New Caledonia District
Honiara Solomon Islands District
As a result of this change, all full-time missionaries serving in Vanuatu and New Caledonia will be changed from the Fiji Suva Mission to the Vanuatu Port Vila Mission. In addition, all full-time missionaries serving in the Solomon Islands will be changed from the Papua New Guinea Port Moresby Mission to the Vanuatu Port Vila Mission.
By creating this new mission, three mission presidents will be able to serve where two have served previously. This should allow for more personal attention to be given to each missionary and each member district currently included in the Fiji Suva Mission and the Papua New Guinea Port Moresby Mission. In addition, this will allow the Church to assign more missionaries to serve in this part of the Lord’s kingdom. All of these changes are intended to strengthen the missionary efforts and the church membership as this area continues to grow in the gospel. We have been told that our assignment will continue to be with the Fiji Suva Mission. The name of the new mission president for the Vanuatu Port Vila Mission will be announced soon and we will get that information to you as soon as we know it.
Sister Klingler and I are very excited for this progress to help the members and missionaries have closer contact and more ministering from the mission president and his wife in each of these missions. We are saddened to think that we will be losing the opportunity to work closely with the great missionaries and members currently serving in Vanuatu and New Caledonia. We look forward to our association over the next few months and will treasure those times. We also look forward to the closer working relationship we will be able to build after July 1st with the members and missionaries remaining in the Fiji Suva Mission. We rejoice with you all in the gospel of Jesus Christ!